American gets 10 years’ jail in Cambodia

Phnom Penh, June 14 (IANS) A Cambodian court on Tuesday sentenced a 53-year-old American man to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of indulging in child prostitution.

Brian Naswall, former Chief Executive Officer of Phnom Penh-based aviation firm Aero Cambodia, was “found guilty of purchasing child prostitution”, said a court verdict.

The court also ordered Naswall to pay $2,000 in compensation to each of his eight victims.

Naswall was arrested on May 22 last year on Koh Pich island in Phnom Penh for allegedly having a 13-year-old girl touch his genitals in front of her two friends.

Six other underage girls have also joined the case to testify against him.

Cambodia launched an anti-paedophilia operation in 2003 in a bid to end its reputation as a haven for child sex offenders.

Since then, dozens of foreigners have been imprisoned for child sex crimes.

–IANS

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